Re: Pinhole Cinema/Videography (wasRE: Pinhole Photography
Richard Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed, 27 Sep 1995 17:52:26 -0400
Jay Bender, the man who also makes the Bender View Camera kit, has made pinhole video, and I know there have been successful 8mm pinhole movie cameras. Bender describes his video rig in an issue of the Pinhole Journal, the publication of the Pinhole Resource. I can't remember what issue it is yet but if anyone wants to know please tell me and the next time I am at the NYPL I will look it up.
I have never constructed a 16mm pinhole movie camera but I have theorized ways of doing it. If you really want to go all out, try this: buy a C-mount adapter that works with Leica Screw-mount cameras (available from Edmund Scientific, et al). Then buy a Leica screw-mount pinhole mount from Dominique Stroobant in Italy, who makes these things. Then buy a good laser drilled hole from Meles Griot or Rolyn or Ealing Eltro-Optic. This is a deluxe route which would cost at least $300 to $400 - as much as a lens - but lets assume money is no object. If money is an object, just use the old "drill a hole in the body cap and put a pinhole over it" approach. My only other comment on pinhole film is that you need a very fast stock and a very close (and therefore wide angle) pinhole with a correspondingly low-f number, since your exposure is not a variable and you will need to precisely match your stop to your light.